The Passing of a Career Management Legend: John C. Lucht

Career management legend John C. Lucht died April 13. Lucht was a virtuoso of savvy strategy and the architect of countless innovative career moves benefiting not only executives and top professionals, but the workforce at large.

Millions of his readers gained insider knowledge of the recruiting industry through Lucht’s eyes, learning how to cut the best deals by following the wisdom revealed in his frequently updated books, especially “Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million+.”

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The Most Accurate Pie Chart for Job Seekers

Once upon a time, an out of work job seeker was starting to develop a case of self-doubt wondering if he would ever get a job. After weeks of searching, spending a great deal of time and effort filling out applications, sending in specific information and waiting, he determined his experience was not what employers wanted.

From there, he began to reason that he might need to lower his sights and look for positions below his skill level and compensation just so he could get a job. He was so frustrated – just about ready to settle for anything – that he tried something new: He laid out his activities in a pie chart.
Within minutes of thinking about where he spent his time and energy, it became clear he was putting most his effort in areas that produced the least results. He was spending 75 percent of his time answering ads, diligently applying everywhere there was a position. The other 25 percent of his time was spent on the No. 1 way to find a job – Networking.

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Career Alternatives: Is Self-Employment Right for You?

Sitting on the fence in regards to getting another job versus starting a consulting practice can be a difficult decision to make. The key to this decision is to weigh all the pros and cons and determine your original reason why you are thinking about self-employment or working for another company.

There are several questions you need to ask yourself before you proceed with starting a home based consulting business:

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The “Original” 50 Shades of Grey

Fifty isn’t as old as it used to be. The average American today lives 29 years longer today than at the turn of the last century — but those years are being tacked on to middle age, not old age. People today are in better health and are planning to work longer. They have a whole career in front of them.


What to do if you still want to keep working?

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The LinkedIn Advantage – Plus Top 3 LinkedIn Mistakes

I spend a great deal of my time networking with the executives that are in transition and those that do the hiring. I started using LinkedIn slowly in 2003. Back then it seemed less than useful as a networking tool. Over the years, as more and more people have joined, and LinkedIn itself has evolved, it has become a phenomenal resource for job seekers and recruiters alike.

Looking for a job is never an easy task. During these challenging economic times it can be quite an overwhelming process. It’s been my experience that Internet Job Boards do more harm than good to the people they claim to be helping. Internet job postings can be an addictive curse for job seekers by creating a lot of “false hope”. Simply applying to a job online perpetuates the illusion of being busy and productive in your job search, when it’s really not!

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Create a Marketing Plan for your Job Search

A well thought out, concise Job Search Marketing Plan (JSMP) is an essential part of your successful job search! It’s a blueprint for your strategy that forces you to focus and direct your job search to ensure that you are covering all methods; keeps you aware of how much work you have to do, and evaluates the quality of your efforts.

Your JSMP is a dynamic, action oriented plan that helps you set realistic and meaningful daily, weekly and monthly goals. This plan is critical to your career management and CONDUCTING A PROFESSIONAL JOB SEARCH CAMPAIGN.

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What a Baby Can Teach Us About Career Transition in 2015

Spending time with a little baby over the holidays was a fun experience. Here is a photo of a precious seven-month old who offered free lessons regarding skill development. When this baby “grows up”, I hope he doesn’t forget everything he learned as a baby. Perhaps it will keep him on track if ever he should find himself in the midst of a career transition.
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HOLIDAY SEASON JOB SEARCH TIPS

This holiday season often brings us in contact with people we don’t see very much during the year; former work colleagues, neighbors, relatives, and old friends. These people can all be very influential members of your network, and once you’ve reconnected over a holiday get-together or phone call, you can naturally follow up to ask for more specific assistance.

Be prepared to BRIEFLY inform your contacts what you’re up to and what you’re looking for…then step back. “I don’t want to monopolize your time! How about if I give you a call in a few days to see what suggestions you might be able to give me.” When you do call, you’ve “primed the pump,” so to speak, and you won’t feel awkward reintroducing yourself to people you haven’t been close with recently.

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The World’s Simplest Marketing Plan

Note: Selling Sucks! Marketing is Sexy!

A client once told me she was a “marketing idiot.” What she really needed, she said, was the “world’s simplest marketing plan.” So I set out to create one for her. Here’s what it looked like:

1. Make a list of everyone you know.
2. Tell those people about your business.
3. Ask if they’d like to find out more about it.
4. Tell the interested people more and create advocates to refer you.
5. When you get to the end of the list, contact everyone again.

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My Top 5 Essential Interview Tips

These are my personal views based on having worked as an executive search consultant, executive career transition coach and mock interview trainer for over 20 years. My view is that the key candidate behaviors that have influenced my decisions as an interviewer in the selection and short-listing process include:

1. LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE – Beginning with the way the candidate walks into the room; their presence and body language; whether or not they initiate the handshake; the firmness of that handshake; ability to maintain eye contact and the self-assurance to permit their personality to shine through; remembering to smile.

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